Converts bibliographic citations to URLs. Compatible with Google Scholar, Google News Archive, and any site containing COinS. There are many web sites that include citations to scholarly works. It would be useful to producers of such sites to have their citations be clickable, taking the reader directly to the fulltext of the source being cited. Of course, these sources may be copyright-protected, and only available on the web via subscription-based services. However, you may be able to access these resources through your local library's Web site if it subscribes to such a service. OpenURL Referrer is a Firefox browser extension that can take certain kinds of citations on the Web and convert them to direct links to the cited resource in one of your local library's databases.
This can be accomplished thanks to OpenURL, a powerful technology that packages bibilographic information into a format that many internet services can understand. OpenURL Referrer will insert OpenURLs into the results pages for Google Scholar and Google News Archive, and can also activate COinS (Contect Objects in SPANs).